Josef Finkel, B.A., J.D.


Josef was called to the Ontario Bar in 2020 and joined the firm as an associate after completing his articles at a distinguished civil litigation boutique in Toronto. He has appeared successfully at both the Superior Courts of Justice and the Small Claims Courts.

Josef has experience working on matters in areas such as defamation, domain name disputes, breach of contract, debtor and creditor litigation, corporate/commercial disputes, franchise disputes, real estate litigation, fraud, construction law, landlord and tenant disputes, wrongful dismissals, and cross-border disputes such as recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards, and recognition of foreign letters rogatory.

Josef is a member of the following Litigation Practice Groups at Gilbertson Davis LLP:

Business Dispute, Commercial Litigation, Civil Litigation, Debt Recovery, Commercial Loan and Credit Ligation, Fraud Recovery, Contract Litigation, Enforcement of Judgments, Recognition of Foreign Judgments, Technology and Internet, Fake Websites and Domain Name Protection, Brand Protection, Counterfeit Goods, Real Estate Litigation, Injunctions and Urgent Remedies , Condominium Litigation, Business Defamation 

Josef has a client-centered approach to dealing with matters and zealously advocates for his clients’ interests, whatever they may be.

In addition to English, Josef speaks Russian as well as some French.


  • B.A. with distinction (summa cum laude), York University, 2016
  • J.D., Osgoode Hall Law School, 2019

Ontario, 2020

Additional Information

Can’t Get Financing On Time? You May Lose Your Deposit – Toronto Real Estate Lawyers
January 20th, 2023

Failure To Close A Real Estate Transaction Can Be Very Costly
December 2nd, 2022

Recognition of United States and Other Foreign Default Judgments – The Ontario Court Does Not Consider Underlying Merits!
October 30th, 2022

To Sue or Not to Sue? Failure to Sue = No Compensation
October 18th, 2022

Allegedly Defamatory Review Found not to Relate to a Matter of Public Interest
June 1st, 2022

Undocumented Trusts – No Requirement for Formal Trust Agreements
April 26th, 2022

Family Violence: New Tort Recognized in Ontario
April 1st, 2022

Are my Trademark Rights being Breached? Trademark Infringement and Passing Off Lawyers
March 7th, 2022

Court Orders Removal of Fake Reviews Posted by Anonymous Reviewer
February 11th, 2022

Waiving a Contractual Right May Not Be as Easy as You Might Think!
February 4th, 2022

Arbitration and Summary Judgment – Is Summary Judgment Available in Arbitration Matters?
January 28th, 2022

Ontario Court Affirms “Generous and Liberal Approach” to the Recognition/Enforcement of Foreign Judgments
November 24th, 2021

Recognition of Foreign Judgments – Supreme Court Leaves Determination of Enforceability of “Ricochet Judgments” for another day – Update on Previous Blog
November 15th, 2021

Breach of Agreement of Purchase and Sale – What are Your Options?
October 29th, 2021

Recognition of Foreign Judgments – The Ontario Courts will not Recognize Enforcement Orders (a.k.a. “Ricochet Judgments”)
September 23rd, 2021

Breach of Contract Lawyers – Can Contracts that do not Specify Duration or that Lack a Termination Clause be Terminated Unilaterally?
August 26th, 2021

Ontario’s Commercial Mediation Act and Institutional Mediation Rules
August 16th, 2021

Purchaser Breached Agreement of Purchase and Sale? Damages Awards and Importance of Mitigation
July 8th, 2021

Contract Lawyers – The Duty of Good Faith – Update on Bhasin v Hrynew
June 8th, 2021

Defamation Law – What is a “Broadcast” or “Newspaper” under the Libel and Slander Act?
March 17th, 2021

Defamation Lawyers and the Inference of Publication
March 10th, 2021

China International Arbitration Award Enforced by Ontario Court
February 18th, 2021

Internet Harassment: New Tort Recognized in Ontario
February 17th, 2021

B.C. Court Claims Jurisdiction over International Online Defamation Case
January 22nd, 2021

It’s not all about Intent! – Court of Appeal Confirms Test for Civil Conspiracy
December 7th, 2020

Do it, Don’t Just Say it! Court of Appeal refuses to Rule on Arbitration Clause
November 4th, 2020

Online Defamation and Use of Pseudonyms
August 21st, 2020

Toronto Defamation Lawyers – Libel and Slander Law in Ontario
August 20th, 2020

Construction Law Lawyers – An Overview of Construction Law
July 23rd, 2020

Is it a Gift or a Loan?
July 6th, 2020

Toronto Lawyers for Mortgage Defaults – Assessing your Bank’s Bill
June 26th, 2020

  • Law Society of Ontario
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Toronto Lawyers Association
  • The Advocates’ Society